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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Bill Murray
Karen Allen
John Forsythe
John Glover
Bobcat Goldthwaite
Carol Kane
Robert Mitchum.
Directors
Richard Donner.
Screenwriters
Mitch Glazer
Michael O'Donoghue.
Running Time
101 minutes

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Scrooged
Bill Murray back amongst ghosts


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Plot
Frank Cross doesn't really get Christmas, and doesn't see why anyone else should unless there's an opportunity to up the ratings of his TV channel. So visits three Dickensian ghosts who teach him a thing or two about seasonal spirit.


Review
Slick and cynical update of the Dickens' classic, funny only so long as Bill Murray's venal TV network president is being a complete bastard. The opening machine-gun attack on Santa's elvin workshop is a hoot but the brotherly love ending is embarrassingly beyond even Bill's capabilities.

David Johansen's Yellow Cab spook is a bonus, though any film that so completely wastes Robert Mitchum can't really be all that good.


Verdict
Murray doing what he does best, if you like that sort of thing.


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RE: Scrooged

L: Kazuya And God, do I fucking hate Bobcat Goldthwait. sp; Woah woah!   I shall say good day to you Sir.   Love this movie to death! Classic 80s comedy and always makes me feel good.   Caught it on Christmas Day and glad I did. ... More

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Posted by Tech_Noir at 17:11, 28 December 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Scrooged

Saw this again the other day on the TV, it definitely wasn't as good as I remember. Several awkward and mannered moments, strange lead performance from Murray and zero emotion. And God, do I fucking hate Bobcat Goldthwait. ... More

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Posted by Kazuya at 17:06, 28 December 2008 | Report This Post


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My favourite Christmas movie, and it's no surprise why! Very funny when it needs to be, with superbly witty dialogue... and not without it's sweet moralising centre... and with excellent turns from Murray, Allen, Goldthwait, Glover, Forsythe and Mitchum... just solid Christmas gold! 5/5 ... More

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Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 18:56, 27 December 2008 | Report This Post


Good film to start off the Christmas celebrations. Definitely not Murray's best by a long shot. Decent enough remake of the Dicken's classic but I think it lacks Jim Henson's puppets. Some cheap laughs here and there especially with the opening scene of Santa and his elves exchanging gunfire with enemies. Dialogue at times is pretty weak and at the end, extremely over the top. Worth a watch. ... More

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